1. spinneretsystems:

edwardspoonhands:

horrorraakadva:

1957: Norwich City Council’s first computer, being delivered

I love now.

Ah! That’s an Elliott 405. Here’s a brilliant clip from Tomorrow’s World showing one being used in a school in ‘69.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1DtY42xEOI
more stuff: http://www.vintage-icl-computers.com/icl40

    spinneretsystems:

    edwardspoonhands:

    horrorraakadva:

    1957: Norwich City Council’s first computer, being delivered

    I love now.

    Ah! That’s an Elliott 405. Here’s a brilliant clip from Tomorrow’s World showing one being used in a school in ‘69.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1DtY42xEOI

    more stuff: http://www.vintage-icl-computers.com/icl40

  2. dinosaurspen:

Tom Knight and Richard Greenblatt with a LISP Machine. MIT AI Laboratory, 1978. 

    dinosaurspen:

    Tom Knight and Richard Greenblatt with a LISP Machine. MIT AI Laboratory, 1978. 

  3. sarahluz:

    uncannybrettwhite:

    2001: A Space Odyssey references in Mad Men “The Monolith” & “The Runaways”

    Relevant to fuzzytypewriter's interests. 

    here for this

    (Source: oh-whiskers)

  4. dinosaurspen:

    supernikoe:

    if i had money i would buy so many old computers

    why dont i have more money….

    The pain is real… 

    I had to curb my collecting due to money issues, not that I had a whole lot to work with in the beginning. I mostly looked for trade deals, bargains and people giving things away for free (happens more often than you’d think, at least in my experience).

    Also I used to collect old microcomputers in general (mostly 80s stuff), but I decided to focus exclusively on DEC computers … that’s managed to cut down the influx of retrocomputer acquisitions dramatically. That said, I’ll still take free/cheap computers regardless of manufacturer. (Which is how I ended up with my ‘98 G3 iMac a couple months back.)

    Thankfully, our focus on mainframes and minis has prevented us from even contemplating building a physical collection.

    (Source: scientificsatellite)

  5. 
1967, Joel Platt and Dave Rodgers - "The time spent with the Athena was a lot of fun. Every time we walked into the room, something new happened. We often pulled all nighters just because there was a lot to find out about the machine. The picture of Dave and Joel at the console is a good example. This is the first time they actually got a simple program to run. Excited and puzzled all at once." [x]

    1967, Joel Platt and Dave Rodgers"The time spent with the Athena was a lot of fun. Every time we walked into the room, something new happened. We often pulled all nighters just because there was a lot to find out about the machine. The picture of Dave and Joel at the console is a good example. This is the first time they actually got a simple program to run. Excited and puzzled all at once." [x]

    (Source: scientificsatellite)

  6. dinosaurspen:

    Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

  7. blatantlyloquacious:

Found in a 1970s edition World Book.

    blatantlyloquacious:

    Found in a 1970s edition World Book.

  8. dinosaurspen:

Illustration of operators at a mainframe computer, circa 1962. From the HSBC Archives. 

    dinosaurspen:

    Illustration of operators at a mainframe computer, circa 1962. From the HSBC Archives. 

  9. dinosaurspen:

    When computers were hand-built - Teradyne semiconductor automatic test equipment factory, circa 1960s.

    See the full set here

  10. How “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”  →

    One of the goals of System/360 is to chronicle not only the computers of the mainframe & mini eras, but also the people who used them. Despite some claims to the contrary, computers have always been as much a part of “women’s work” as they have been with men. This article, via Faruk Ateş, goes into some of that history.